When exposed to the society during World War I, he becomes obsessed with members of the wealthy upper class, such as Daisy, whose voice is "full of money" (127). Finally, Gatsby feels that wealth is the only su... ... middle of paper ... .... A. Gatsby believed wealth would win acceptance, Willy believed being well liked would get financial success 1. "no real right to touch her hand" lacked real resources, "he let her believe that he was a person from much the same strata as herself" (Fitzgerald 156) 2. Well "liked ... you will never want" (Miller 33) B. Gatsby set concrete long-term goals, Willy looked for the quick fix 1. Gatsby developed self-improvement activities "elocution [and] poise," physical exercises, and the study of technology (Fitzgerald 181) 2.
The salesman (trying to get rid of this piece of junk) told the president that this car was in great shape and there would probably never be another car like this one. He also told the president that if anyone tried to tell him that this car was loud and smoked that they were just jealous and making it up. The president, happy to hear that someone might be jealous of him bought the car right away with his country's money. On his way home people lined the streets to see his new purchase. Many laughed and pointed as his Escort smoked putted along the street.
Gatsby's ... ... middle of paper ... ... sense of climbing the success ladder on how many things they owned or could buy. Society became overly crazy because they were comparing themselves to the next not with education or wisdom, but of who had more. Although America's economy proved successful because of the need for more products, people lacked the depth that how others perceive them is only skin deep. Fitzgerald develops his novel through the use of symbolism with the green light representing financial success, the valley of ashes as the hopelessness to escape moral destruction, and Gatsby's car showing the obsession of materialism and who has more of it. He keeps his readers intrigued by creating imagery of the lack of morality in the1920s era.
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